Conjugate tener in El Presente (present tense)

Tener (to have) is irregular in El Presente:

yo tengo
tienes
él / ella / Ud. tiene
nosotros / nosotras 
tenemos
vosotros / vosotras
tenéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tienen
Notice the yo form has a -g- and ten- becomes tien- in three of the forms.
Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo tengo un perro.
I have a dog.

tienes un coche grande.
You have a big car.

Ella tiene una falda azul.
She has a blue skirt.

Usted tiene 57 años.
You are 57 years old.

Nosotros tenemos una casa en la playa.
We have a house on the beach.

Vosotras tenéis una tía en Chile.
You have an aunt in Chile.

Ellas tienen una guitarra española.
They have a Spanish guitar.

Ustedes tienen una hija rubia.
You have a blond daughter.

For more verbs that follow a similar pattern, see: 
Verbos yo -go (presente) and for verbs that derive from "tener" see List of Tener and its derivatives

Examples and resources

tienes un coche grande.
You have a big car.


Vosotras tenéis una tía en Chile.
You have an aunt in Chile.


Yo tengo un perro.
I have a dog.


Nosotros tenemos una casa en la playa.
We have a house on the beach.


Usted tiene 57 años.
You are 57 years old.


Ustedes tienen una hija rubia.
You have a blond daughter.


Ella tiene una falda azul.
She has a blue skirt.


Ellas tienen una guitarra española.
They have a Spanish guitar.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 3 answers

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Re: difference between Spain and LatAm usage of "vosotros" and "plural you, i.e. you all" /ustedes

I was wondering what this sentence would be in LatAm:

Juan y tú _tenéis_______ los ojos verdes.Juan and you have green eyes.HINT: Conjugate "tener" in El PresenteWould it be: "tienen" for the plural use of "you all"
Thank you. Nicole
Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Yes, Nicole, you are right. In Latin America this would be:

Juan y tú tienen los ojos verdes. (Ustedes tienen los ojos verdes.)

Inma :))

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Muchas gracias Inma!:)

Re: difference between Spain and LatAm usage of "vosotros" and "plural you, i.e. you all" /ustedes

I was wondering what this sentence would be in LatAm:

Juan y tú _tenéis_______ los ojos verdes.Juan and you have green eyes.HINT: Conjugate "tener" in El PresenteWould it be: "tienen" for the plural use of "you all"
Thank you. Nicole

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CheyenneA1Kwiziq community member

Why is the nosotras conjugation of this not tenemas?

Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Cheyenne

There is no agreement between the verbs endings and the gender of the pronoun. When we have a pronoun in the feminine form, like ella, ellas, vosotras, they still have the same ending as él, ellos and vosotros.

The agreement is always between articles, nouns, pronouns and adjectives, for example:

Las chicas son guapas (The girls are pretty)

Los chicos son guapos (The boys are handsome)

Notice how the verb doesn't change (son)

Hope this helps.

Inma

Why is the nosotras conjugation of this not tenemas?

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